In today’s world, learning a foreign language is more important than ever. Multiple studies have shown the benefits of doing so. Per Language Tree, the top five reasons for learning a foreign language are:
Language Tree believes that the younger children start, the better. Children’s brains are like sponges and young learners possess the capacity to develop near native pronunciation in a new language.
However, getting kids to study another language is not always easy. Traditional language learning can be boring to kids if the emphasis is on memorization of vocabulary and teachers rely solely on traditional tools such as books, flash cards, and audio CDs. To engage children, you must engage all of their senses, as well as their sense of fun.
Language Tree has gone to great lengths to develop new and innovative ways to make language learning enjoyable and to help young learners quickly and effortlessly gain spoken proficiency in a new language.
The Language Tree Difference
Language Tree has worked with researchers and instructors from leading language schools and universities to develop their highly-effective teaching tools:
Online Language Courses
Beginner Spanish Online is an in-depth curriculum for new Spanish learners, developed by Two-Way Bilingual Immersion educators. This self-paced course is the equivalent to a 12-week, once weekly class. Spanish is taught using a combination of videos, audio clips, reviews, and classroom-style teaching to ensure fast language acquisition and maximum retention of course content.
“The Language Tree online program provides a user-friendly approach to language learning. The online lessons are engaging and clear; the exercises are well thought out and provide reinforcement and review.”
“Language Tree offers language learners a scaffolded and highly interactive opportunity to learn their target language. Featuring children as speakers in the video clips provides a natural approach to language learning.”
Foreign Language Learning DVDs
For a fun and effective introduction to a new language, Language Tree offers language learning DVDs with innovative features to keep kids engaged from start to finish. Language Tree offers a wide selection of the most popular languages including Spanish, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and American Sign Language.
“I’ve reviewed the Chinese for Kids video and really like the Multi-Cognition Approach on which it is based. I also like the organization of the story. I believe that both children and adults who deal with children will find it entertaining while learning Chinese.”
Dr. Lihua Zhangg
“Learning French has never been so much fun. This wonderful program introduces children to the language using a setting that they can easily relate to and non-intimidating vocabulary. A comprehensive phrase review and song booklet is included that contains all of the dialogue, translations, and answers to the quizzes. A must-have for every collection.”
School Library Journal
Tips for Making Language Learning Fun
1) A 2007 study in Harwich, Massachusetts, showed that students who studied a foreign language in an articulated sequence outperformed their non-foreign language learning peers on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) test after two-three years and significantly outperformed them after seven-eight years on all MCAS subtests